Lexicon Valley

Languages of Northern Africa

From vowel-less words to complex poetry, Berber to Somali.

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Episode Notes

Despite Arabic becoming the dominant linguistic culture across many majority Muslim countries, hundreds of local languages persist—for example, in Northern Africa. John McWhorter discusses some of what makes Afro-Asiatic languages, like Berber, Somali, and Cushitic, so distinct.

Podcast production by Mike Vuolo.

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If you’ve ever had curious thoughts and questions about the ways we speak, read, and write, Lexicon Valley is the show for you. Hosted by linguist John McWhorter.

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